Guest column with Daisy Lynch, daughter of Newport Pagnell Town manager Darren Lynch (written for the UCL FB Page) :
"When I was asked to write a guest column on my dad Darren Lynch, my first thought was "what do I write!? He's just my dad"... Then I realised, he's not just my dad, he's Lynchy, he's gaffa, he's a well known nutter, prolific goal scorer, he's a local legend and an absolute hero.
Apart from the fact my first outing at 4 days old, was to Newport Pagnell Football Club, where my 19 year old dad took me into the changing room to proudly show me off to his team mates; it's safe to say that football is in the Lynch blood. We've always supported my dad by going to watch him on a Saturday, home or away, whatever the weather and no matter how far! My dad lives, breathes and IS football, so we had no choice but to follow him club to club, such as: Bedford, Cambridge and Kettering.
Nothing filled me with more pride as a small child being able to tell people "That's my dad!" You could guarantee a goal from him almost every game, but that's because of my dads lucky charm- every time he would get a new pair of football boots, he would get me and my sister Darcy to kiss one each for luck! I think one of my dads football highlights, would be when Gazza came to be manager of Kettering Town FC. He used to come home and tell us lots of funny stories about the things they would get up to at training or on the coach to games (some of which are inappropriate to share with anyone else).
He loved football so much, he played for a local Sunday team who won the Carling Cup at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, which led them to qualify to represent England, in Portugal that summer. So of course the whole Lynch Mob grabbed their suncream and was right there cheering him on! (Oh and not to forget, we won the supporters cup... SHOCK!).
We always knew dad would come back to Newport, it was his first men's team he played in when he moved to Milton Keynes and the club will always have a special place in his heart- which is why although he can't play himself anymore, being the manager at Newport is the best way for him to stay involved in football (and out of mums hair), have banter with his team mates but also be able to dish out the fines when people don't turn up to training or have ridiculous haircuts!
Speaking of hair... And referring back to me saying my dad is a hero, he raised £2000 by doing a sponsored shave and getting rid of his beloved beard, for a local girl who has Rett syndrome and needed special eye gaze equipment to change her life.
So what I'm trying to say, is although he may look scary and act mean, he has the biggest heart and is the most kind, genuine, down to earth person (he'll kill me for giving away his secret) that I have ever met in my life. I am so proud to call him my dad... But still don't get on the wrong side of him!
My dads words of wisdom to me? "Daisy, don't marry a footballer!"